Bob Marley film to be shown at Berlin film festival

A film on Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley will be presented at the 62nd Berlin International Film Festival in February in an attempt to showcase for the first time the life and legacy of the iconic musician, Prensa Latina news agency reported.

The documentary "Marley" by director Kevin MacDonald includes photographs, recordings and music considered "rare", whose publication was authorised for the first time by Marley's family, according to online magazine United Reggae.

MacDonald got special access to private family archives during the filming of the documentary.

He also visited countries such as Uganda, Kenya, India and Japan to provide an overview of the global impact of Marley's work.

MacDonald said he was interested in showing why the philosophy of the leading exponent of reggae music, who died at the age of 36 in 1981, still has an impact virtually all over the world.

Son of a British white man and a Jamaican black woman, Robert Nesta Marley was born Feb 6, 1945 in Nine Mile, north of Jamaica. He later moved to Kingston where he started making music with Bunny Wailer, and along with Peter Tosh, they formed The Wailing Wailers, later known as Bob Marley and the Wailers.

Marley and his group was later joined by his wife, singer Rita Anderson.

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